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  • NIH study shows steep increase in rate of alcohol-related ER visits

    The rate of alcohol-related visits to U.S. emergency departments (ED) increased by nearly 50 percent between 2006 and 2014, especially among females and drinkers who are middle-aged or older, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The […]

  • Ten Guaranteed Ways To Appear Smarter Than You Are

    The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-awareness, which involves not just knowing how you are but also how other people perceive you. People with high emotional intelligence are masters of influence—they’re skilled at altering their behavior to make the most of a given situation…You might not be able to alter your genetics, but there are […]

  • America, Can We Talk About Your Drinking?

    After a season of indulgence, many Americans resolve to drink less in the new year. It’s a common pledge – many of us can recall cringe-worthy texts sent after a raucous night out or a regrettable comment uttered after that third glass of wine. These intentions are rooted in a stark reality. For all the […]

  • New Year, New You!

    As the new year approaches, and we all take time to reflect on the past year and set intention for the upcoming year, check out this article, “4 Big Ways Sobriety Changes You as a Person”: If you’ve gotten sober and now live your life as a person in recovery, chances are you’re not quite […]



  • National Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day
    National Drugs and Alcohol Chat day is an annual live online chat held between high school students and National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) scientists during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Students from around the country ask the questions they most want the answers to about drugs and drug abuse, including drug effects, how to help friends or family that are abusing drugs, and what causes addiction. NIDA’s expert scientists give them the answers. Read more and register online here.

    Time: TBD
  • Lunch and Learn: The Science of Opioid Addictions and the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: a Public Health Approach to an Epidemic
    Join North Star Behavioral Health on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 for presentations by Dr. Jay Butler, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska and Dr. Joshua Sonkiss of Anchorage Community Mental Health Services with opportunities for discussion. The event begins at 11:00AM at the DeBarr Residential Treatment Center, 1500 DeBarr Circle in Anchorage. Participants will be able to explain the difference between tolerance, withdrawal, dependence, and addiction and be able to apply evidence based approaches in diagnosis, treatment and referral for opioid disorder. Participants will also be able to understand how the reward circuit of the brain functions in opioid use disorder. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits will be offered. For more information, please contact Amanda Johnson, Director of Community Relations, at 907-717-7800 or by emailing You can also reach out to Denise Gleason, Executive Assistant and CME Coordinator at 907-258-7575 or with any questions.

    Time: 11:00AM-3:00PM
    Location: 1500 Debarr Circle, Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Training: Peer-Led, Whole Health
    Life in recovery is about prioritizing one’s health while adapting to challenges and change. It’s about connecting with a supportive community, embracing new roles and creating new health behaviors. But how do you sustain those behaviors to achieve a healthy mind and body? That’s where Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) comes in. WHAM training is a peer-led opportunity for people with chronic physical and behavioral health conditions to collaborate and develop person-centered health plans based on 10 science-based factors. As a train-the-facilitator program, participants are also instructed on how to be a WHAM facilitator and equipped with the tools needed to take the training back to clients and peers. Join the National Council for Behavioral Health for the next WHAM Regional Training in Tucson, Arizona on February 26-27, 2018 at a discounted rate of $450 per facilitator. Registration can be found here.

    Location: Tucson, AZ, United States
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